220.127.116.11 Tips for Using Templates
Following are some tips for using templates:
- When a question appears, read the question very carefully and completely. Review any additional prompting information very carefully. Be sure to follow instructions to the letter. If you have any questions use the HELP function key.
- Make extensive use of the HELP function key and take your time. When using a template for the first time, read all the HELP panels associated with the template, especially the examples.
- Not all templates use a "question and answer" session. If no question appears, and the "Process Definition Menu" is re-displayed, you can assume that the template has generated your RDML program without having to ask you any questions at all.
- The generalized nature of the template facility and its ability to be site definable, mean that absolutely precise validation of your answers is often not practicable.
- When lists of fields appear , there are generally two types of selection: ordered and non-ordered. Ordered selection will request a sequence number which actually determines the order of the fields in the function. Non-ordered will just require a non-blank character to indicate that the field is selected in the list.
- Incorrect answers will cause no real problems. The RDML code created may not compile or may not execute correctly. You may need to delete the RDML and execute the template again or fix it by manually editing the RDML code.
- Most templates allow you to "back up" to a previously answered question and change your answer. To do this use the Previous/Cancel key. Do not use the cancel key if the prompt indicates that you should not.
- If you are not satisfied with the RDML generated, you may simply delete the generated code and try the template again.